A few years ago I got caught in the Kilchomen trap on a day trip to Islay - good restaurant, gift shop and very little whisky! Unfortunately my family all wanted to spend more time there and I missed out in visiting all the islands distilleries.
By the way Dalmore seem to be doing up their visitor centre - and about time too!!
I'm not big on cafe/restaurants though it is nice if it's the only place that serves food and drink for miles, Ardbeg comes to mind. They have restaurant with great food but not so great when it comes to distillery own bottlings. The best on Islay is Bruichladdich, no cafe (or none that I remember) but a great gift shop with at least one fill-your-own Valinch on hand.
In fact my points goes to the distilleries that give you the option of pouring you own whisky straight from the wood. Aberlour, Benromach, Bruichladdich, Glen Moray and Old Pulteney come to mind. The last, Old Pulteney was really nice and I'm hoping to explore it and Wick a little more in the future.
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